Pernille Feragen, Samuel Feragen, Mads Fikkan, Hanne Hammerseth og Elise Shumei Villanger - Urban Triggers - NTNU Fall 2015
Week 2 - September 14th to September 20th
Our first week in Xi'an!
We have been told that at 9:00 on Monday October 14th, we shall meet at "The Blue Gate", one of the entrances to Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology (XUAT). We are excited to meet the 2 others groups from our class that have been travelling from Beijing and from Hong Kong. That monday we are also going to be introduced to the Chinese class, with whom we are going to be working for the coming weeks.
On the map below, the yellow roads forming a square around the Lianhu District and the Xincheng District, mark the city wall. The orange dot a bit south of that marks the location of our hotel. The University Campus is a little bit to the east of that location.
Xi'an is a city with about 8,5 million inhabitants in 2010 and the growth of the city has been going extremely fast. It's actually visible on the map. The city centre of Xi'an was within the present city wall in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 A.D.), after that a bigger city had been destroyed at the end of the Sui and Tang Dynasties. This means that around the city walls, there will small villages, and many of those are still called "villages", even though they have been swallowed by the city.
This week we have been doing fieldwork for the Anthropology course. It was very interesting! With good help from the Chinese Students, we conducted interviews with the villagers from the site we chose. The goal was to find an interesting topic that we will write about in an essay, due November 2nd.